2018 Directing Fellowship

Shoot for the Stars

The HBOAccess® Directing Fellowship invites emerging television directors to demonstrate their talent, skills and—most importantly—growth potential. Every other year, three directors are selected to shoot pilots created during the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship.

Carey Williams

Hailed by Filmmaker Magazine as one of its 2018 New Faces of Independent Film, Carey is a director who brings a unique and visually striking cinematic eye to the exploration of the human condition. His most recent film, Emergency, has received awards from festivals such as Sundance and SXSW. In addition to these accolades, he has honed his craft as a mentee with Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation, as a Directing Fellow with Film Independent Project Involve and, most recently, a fellowship with NBC's Emerging Director Program. Carey aspires to evoke thought, reflection and positive change through his work. His HBOAccess pilot, Halfway, written by 2017 Writing Fellow Katherine Craft, centers on a recent parolee struggling to stay clean as she tries to reunite with her estranged daughter.

Thembi Banks

Born in Harlem, New York, Thembi is a 2017 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow whose short film Suitable was a finalist at ABFF 2018. She recently wrote on Season 2 of Showtime's Golden Globe®-nominated series SMILF, and is currently staffed on a new series for Apple. During the HBOAccess Program, Thembi directed Unimundo, written by 2017 Writing Fellow Claudia Forestieri. Based on Claudia's real-life experiences at Telemundo, the pilot revolves around a Spanish-language news producer who unexpectedly becomes a symbol for the resistance. Thembi has also been selected to participate in Paul Feig’s incubator initiative Powderkeg: Fuse.

Ryan Zaragoza

Ryan earned a finalist spot on HBO's Project Greenlight. His directorial debut, The Painter, was an official selection of the STARZ Network Film Festival. His latest short film, bebé, is currently available on HBO Latino, HBO GO and HBO NOW. For HBOAccess, Ryan directed Sterling, written by 2017 Writing Fellows Stephanie McFarlane and Bryce Ahart, which focuses on a small Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting. He is currently shadowing Daniel Minahan on HBO's Deadwood feature film.